The Anderson Regional Medical Center in the US has launched minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation.

The new balloon sinuplasty system developed by Acclarent uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses, according to

Anderson Meridian ear, nose and throat clinic’s dr Robert Cater is one of the first physicians in the region to offer this technology.

“A small, flexible balloon catheter is placed through a nostril into the blocked sinus passageway,” Cater said.

“The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.”